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While I am a minimalist traveler, my son is a curator of toys and novelty items that leave the suitcase bulging. I love the idea of going away with a compact waterproof camera, returning only with the photos I capture. In this post, I’ll show you how you and your kids can turn your photography into long-lasting souvenirs of your fond travel memories. These photo souvenirs can help you ditch the extra suitcase, save money and benefits the environment.
As a little girl, I remember spending evenings on caravan holidays drawing pictures and writing what we’d got up to during the day. My mum helped my sister and I compile scrapbooks of our family holidays, not only comprising of our best-loved photos but leaflets we’d collected, postcards, ticket stubs, dried flowers and any other small curiosities we came across. As an adult I continued the tradition, putting together a scrapbook of my photos of my first long – haul trip to Japan. When Noah reached the age of five, we started scrapbooking some of our trips, including our multi-generational trip to Centre Parcs in the Lake District and this year’s summer holiday to Cornwall.
If you haven’t the time to put together a scrapbook, a good alternative is ordering a photo book. We did this when Noah was a little younger and didn’t have the patience to scrapbook. He regularly asks to sit and look at the book we made of our trip to the USA. It’s lovely to look together as mother and son. Companies that you can use to create photo books often will have other products available to order that are fun to have around the house. We love canvasses of extra special photos.
Posters of world maps can usually be found at stationary or book stores and don’t cost the earth. You may have seen ‘scratch-off maps’ or maps mounted on cork boards (you scratch off or put a pin in countries visited). In this idea, you decorate your map poster with your favourite pictures. Turn it into an educational activity by asking your child to point out where the country you have visited is on the map. Display somewhere everyone in the household can view as a reminder of the places you’ve been.
The kitchen fridge is often a place to pin notes, drawings and lists. It’s the perfect place to display favourite family snapshots! At craft / stationary stores you can buy magnetic sheets that can be cut to any size you want. Peel the backing off the sheet and stick a printed photo to it. Pick up some fun embellishments to decorate if your child wants to get creative with this project. We’ve personally made these to give as gifts to family over the holidays!
Imagine how surprised your relatives will be to receive personalised cards made from your favourite snaps! Card blanks for mounting are available in craft stores or just fold any old piece of card you have lying around! Decorate with embellishments, make a border out of colourful tissue paper or ribbons!
Travel memory box
I love this idea because of its functionality! Inevitably you always end up with prints that won’t fit into a photo album and knick knacks from travels that the kids just refuse to part with. A travel memory box serves as storage for all these bits and a keepsake for children to keep for years. A simple shoebox covered in travel pics, collage-style would work really well.
Blog / Website
For older kids, start a free WordPress site where they can diarise their adventures! This project will help children hone their own IT and English skills, while encouraging creative freedom.
If you’re not happy for your kids to have a publicly viewable blog, then perhaps start a private Instagram or Google Photos album where you can privately share your photo collection with family and friends.
If your child has aspirations to be a YouTube star, video compilations of your treasured family travel pics are so easy to make using simple video editing apps. Mix photos up with any videos you’ve taken, add royalty free music or titles if you want. Display on your social media or save a copy to watch with the family for years to come!
What do you like to do with your family travel photos? Can you add any more ideas?
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